Nov 11, 1970
Philadelphia - Chicago1-7

Summary Of Events
1  0:07  Fight  Heiskala-Magnuson
2  7:59  Fight  Parent-Pinder

Fight at 0:07
HeightWeightPunchesBlood
Duration N/AThrownLanded   Big   
 Earl Heiskala 6'0''  185lb  N/AN/AN/AN/A
 Keith Magnuson 6'0''  185lb  N/AN/AN/A
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 JagrBombs
329 fight reviews

Oct 9 16:41 ET
Keith Magnuson win by KO Fun 
10
The partial clip starts as the two combattants are already together and fighting. They enter in a toe-to-toe slugfest; Heiskala lands a decent right as Magnuson misses a right. Magnuson lands a hard right as Heiskala misses a right and then Magnuson lands a huge right that drops Heiskala as he misses a right. Magnuson falls on top of Heiskala and the fight is over.

This is AT LEAST a TKO. There is not enough footage of the aftermath to determine whether or not Heiskala was okay, but, from what I saw, it looks like Heiskala was out cold. Furthermore, I read in Keith Magnuson's book "The Inspiring Life and Times of a Beloved Blackhawk" that Heiskala lost some teeth as a result of that punch, and that that fight also completely changed his way of playing: "Heiskala, once a truly physical force in the sport, was never quite the same player again, becoming more submissive in the corners and playing with less aggressivenss. Heiskala would never challenge Magnuson to fight again, nor would any other Flyers for the remained of the season." To me, there is enough evidence to call this fight a KO. Historical toe-to-toe fight ending with a classic punch; to me, it doesn't get any better no matter what happened prior to the partial clip.
 BattleshipRules
12551 fight reviews

Jun 7 21:41 ET
Keith Magnuson win by TKO Fun 
8
This was a dandy. There is about six seconds of footage of the contest. Maggie and Hieskala were trading bombs. Earl landed two solid rights and a partial connect. Magnuson missed a shot, landed a partial connect, and landed a huge shot that decked Hieskala.

This was at least a TKO. The footage doesn't show the aftermath of the big shot. Maggie landed a bomb and put the hurt on Hieskala. Maggie took a couple of solid shots before landing the coup de gras.
 sadcbjfan
5360 fight reviews

Oct 12 01:06 ET
Keith Magnuson win by KO Fun 
10
What a fucking upload eh boys? Damn this was awesome to see.

The clip is only 5 seconds long, but that's all we need to see Magnuson come out on top as the decisive victor. The video starts with the two going toe to toe in a battle of slobber knocker rights. Who knows how long this had been going on, but the fight sure as hell looked exciting leading up to the bout ending blow. After both men take two huge swings at each other, the two combatants wind up and let loose on a third haymaker. Both players had missed with the first two, but Magnuson doesn't miss on the third, as he smashes his fist into Heiskala's jaw with devastating force. Heiskala goes completely limp and crumples to the ice, death gripping Magnuson's leg and jersey, a classic sign of a brutal KO. There is no aftermath footage of the fight, but I cannot imagine that Heiskala was able to get off the ice on his own. Incredible scrap, and a huge KO victory for Keith Magnuson.

This would have been a crushing KO in any era of hockey, but to see it 1970 made it so much more exciting. The only other pre 1980's KO's I can remember seeing this brutal are the Nesterenko-Ferguson fight, and a sucker punch and beatdown by Derek Sanderson in his junior days.
7971
31 fight reviews

Apr 21, 2010 16:52 ET
Keith Magnuson win by TKO Fun 
8
Finally, saw a clip of the tko punch.if the'live' footage ever comes out,then maybe it will be KO.but, for now, it was a TKO!!!!!
itsJ.Millertime
10412 fight reviews

Oct 9 17:32 ET
Keith Magnuson win by KO Fun 
9
As the clip begins the two are trading hard rights back and forth snapping each others heads back, the exchange ends when Magnuson lands a hellacious blow that drops Heiskala flat, he crumpled hard after the punch landed so I'm calling it a KO win Magnuson.
supersonic
4490 fight reviews

Oct 10 01:39 ET
Keith Magnuson win by KO Fun 
8
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Penzlover
Nov 27, 2005 11:52 ET
From Dave Schultz's book, "The Hammer." Apparently, Magnuson wasted Heiskala with one punch.Reply
kurtenbach
Jul 1, 2007 14:38 ET
Earl landed 2 punches, Magnuson 3 - the last punch connected right to Heiskala's jaw (Earl's 3rd punch was half-a-second late).Reply
7971
Aug 13, 2007 13:24 ET
Can someone please take this fight on post it on YOU TUBE?I have been wanting to see this fight for over 20 years,and for the past year I have been trying to play it here.So, can someone please help me out by putting it on YOU TUBE?THANXReply
7971
Sep 21, 2007 20:34 ET
Quote from message by 7971
Can someone please take this fight on post it on YOU TUBE?I have been wanting to see this fight for over 20 years,and for the past year I have been trying to play it here.So, can someone please help me out by putting it on YOU TUBE?THANX
Please post!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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heezgawn
Aug 14, 2009 20:02 ET
In Magnuson's book "None Against" he describes this night. He squared off with Heiskala and at one point caught him with a solid punch that TKO'd him. Later in the game Keith scored the first goal of his NHL career. The previous year, his rookie season, he had 0 goals and 24 assists. After scoring his first career goal, and also still on a high from a rare win (a TKO at that) over a pretty tough guy, he threw his gloves into the air after scoring the goal. The next day at practice, at one point every guy on the team threw their gloves into the air.Reply
7971
Jul 16, 2012 20:12 ET
I luv how the anti-fighting crowd, say there where no staged fights, before THE BROAD ST. BULLIES COME INTO DOMINANCE. these 2 guys fought 7 seconds into the game!!!-maybe they had a prior game grudge.tx.Reply
sadcbjfan
Feb 25, 2014 19:07 ET
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racersno5clackson
Jun 27, 2014 10:54 ET
Earl Heiskala needed 12 stitches to close a cut on his lip after the bout with Magnuson,Reply
bzane
Jun 8 08:26 ET
Quote from message by racersno5clackson
Earl Heiskala needed 12 stitches to close a cut on his lip after the bout with Magnuson,
This was a genuine one-punch kayo by Magnuson, and no mistake. A dramatic win for the Fiery Red-Head, as he was called. I will suggest, though, that the gushy sportwriters of the day, Stan Fischler and everybody who wrote for Sports Illustrated, The Sporting News, and The Hockey News, devoted a lot more ink to Magnuson's victory than perhaps it deserved, recounting the knockout in the sort of melodramatic detail previously reserved for Rocky Marciano's single-punch destruction of Jersey Joe Walcott- and insinuating that it was of similar historical import.

I believe this was an hysterical over-reaction of a Somebody-Other-Than-A-Bruin-Won-A-Fight mentality by non-Boston writers. The Big-Bad Bruins of Green and Cashman, Sanderson and Hodge, had been bullying the league for three or four years by then, and embittered sportswriters were hoping and praying for the long-promised arrival of The Expected One, the heavyweight champion who would deliver the Children of Canaan from the tyranny of Milt Schmidt.

Magnuson himself may have read a little too much into the power of his right fist, and the significance of his victory; he wrote about it in considerable length, dedicating an entire chapter, as I recall, in his premature autobiography, what was it called, "The Magnificent Magnuson"? "Keith of the Missing Teeth"? "#3 of the Hawks, No. 1 in Our Hearts!"? "WHAM! Wake Me Up, Before You Go-Go"? "ICED: The Rise and Fall of Earl Heiskala"?

Something like that. At any rate, I will further suggest that Magnuson may have acquired an inflated opinion of his punching power from this one fight, and, like Patroclus fighting the Trojans, was afflicted by hubris, believing himself to be invincible. This over-confidence would send Maggie skating off on a collision course to an horrendous hammering by Dave Schultz a couple of years later, and numerous other beatings from bigger and stronger opponents in future years. Perhaps Keith kept thinking that one Marciano-esque right-hand blow would some day reappear in all its shining glory. While he would go on to occasionally defeat lesser fighters- Chris Oddleifson, Gene Carr, Tiger Williams- the mighty thunderbolt that flattened Heiskala never happened again.
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BattleshipRules
Jun 8 14:08 ET
You think Maggie would have developed more of an infighting style or something. He would go toe to toe with guys like Schultz, Battleship, and Behn Wilson. It was exciting for the fans. It wasn't good for his health. He could have been like Torrie Robertson and saved a lot of beatings.Reply
JagrBombs
Oct 9 16:22 ET
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itsJ.Millertime
Oct 9 17:48 ET
Thanks for recollection bzane, that was a very interesting read. I hate even the slightest mention of Torrie Robertson's name. Living in the Hartford area during some of his time there I had to endure all the idiot Whaler fans try to tell me he was a good fighter. As for Magnuson's open style being bad for his health it reminds me of guys like Jeff Odgers, Jim Cummins, and Craig Coxe to name a few. All legends for their highly entertaining fights but known just as much for the beatings they took from the bigger fighters of their era. They all could have benefited from a duller, safer style but I'm glad they didn't.Reply
BattleshipRules
Oct 9 18:23 ET
Very much true. Maggie was exciting and an unforgettable gutsy guy. No one had more guts!Reply
bzane
Oct 9 18:51 ET
Wow. Many thanks to JagrBombs for this long-lost clip, and the other great vids he has posted lately ! Fantastic contributions, and the Golden Fist Award for helping to build this site.

Excellent comments by millertime and Battleship, also; gotta give Maggie the Brass Onions Trophy for putting his face on the firing line, time and again!
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 Bernie Parent 5'10'' 2170lb  N/AN/AN/AN/A
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